Delaware: State legislature approves $$$ for SPED/autism consortium

Aug 7, 2017, Lewes, DE, Cape Gazette: Sussex Consortium gets $5.7 million from bond bill This year's legislative session ended with a bond bill bonus for Sussex Consortium. Cape Henlopen School District got the news they had been waiting to hear when $5.7 million was earmarked for construction costs for the new facility. “We got great news from the state. Our local legislators really went to bat for us,” said Brian Bassett, director of facility operations and construction. In 2016, the state agreed to pay 100 percent of the costs of a new Sussex Consortium facility – about $19 million for a new building and another $1.8 million for land. The district and state have settled on a site that covers 25 acres at 17344 Sweetbriar Road. … There are about 270 students enrolled in the consortium, which runs the county's autism program and educates special needs students. Six classrooms have been added to both Mariner and Beacon middle schools to allow consortium students to assimilate in a traditional classroom with their peers. Cape High has five classrooms for consortium use while Milton and Shields elementaries each have four. Students who cannot handle the traditional school setting are educated at the main Sussex Consortium campus, which operates out of the Lewes School on Savannah Road.